Active Adventures |  EBC -  Everest Base Camp Trek

Kathmandu to KathmanduWe invite you to join us for one of our most incredible journeys, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, to reach Everest Base Camp.Retrace the footsteps of the world’s greatest mountaineers to the starting point of climbs to the highest peak on Earth.We’ll begin our journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and colourful capital city, before taking a short flight to Lukla, high in the Himalayas, the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region and the starting point for our trek to Everest Base Camp.Needless to say, the scenery is mind blowing – no matter which way you look, you’ll be staring straight at another towering snow-capped peak or jagged ridgeline. On this trip, we’ll hike through deep river gorges and forests, ascend high ridges and wide open valleys and visit remote Buddhist monasteries in the most improbable locations.The rewards of this trek go beyond simply reaching Everest Base Camp or seeing Mt Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar; what makes this trip really special is the sense of achievement you’ll get from trekking to such an incredibly high and remote area and the new perspectives from the people – both locals and other travellers – you’ll meet along the way.

  • Highlights

    Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Kathmandu

    Hike through Sherpa villages

    Trek to Everest Base Camp

    View Mt Everest from Kala Patthar

    Visit Namche Bazaar 

    Visit Swayambhunath “Monkey” Temple

  • What's Included

    All accommodations
    Local tea houses and lodges chosen for their comfort, cleanliness and charm.

    All activities
    Trekking, trekking permits, Nepalese government royalty fees, temple visits (Tengboche and Swayambhunath), local markets and maybe even cricket with the locals!

    All domestic transport
    Airport transfers.
    Domestic flights to and from Lukla.

    All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip. Each season we send over a team of experienced Active Adventures guides from New Zealand. One of these guides will lead your trip alongside our incredible local Nepalese guides, as well as a team of local porters. You won't find a better combination!

    All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rest assured you'll be well fed and well hydrated.

    Hiking poles, down sleeping bag and puffer jacket
    To keep you warm on your journey, so you don't have to bring your own

    Itinerary with 3 acclimatisation days
    With an easy going pace and 3 days to acclimatise as we hike towards EBC, you'll be set up to succeed!

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  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU

    Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas, who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city’s labyrinth of back streets, courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, they’ll take you out for dinner at a local restaurant, for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Dinner)Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

     

    DAY 2 - VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH TEMPLE

    Today we’ll head a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they’ve even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning ‘self-arisen’), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. Later, we’ll make our way back down into town and make preparations for our journey to Lukla and the Everest region tomorrow.Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

     

    DAY 3 - JOURNEY TO LUKLA

    This morning we’ll take a short flight to the mountain settlement of Lukla. This small town high in the Himalayas is the gateway to the Everest region and an important base for mountaineering expeditions. After a last gear check with our guides, we’ll lace up our boots and start with a local hike around Lukla. The aim of today is to give you a gentle introduction to the altitude change, everyone’s body can react differently, and so easing ourselves into this new environment is really important. This gentle start will lay the foundations to make the coming days more easily manageable for us on our journey towards Base Camp.Everest Eco Resort, Lukla (All meals)Elevation: Lukla - 2860 metres (9383 feet)

     

    DAY 4 - HIKE TO PHAKDING

    Today we hit the trail, hiking down to the village of Phakding on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River. It’s an undulating trail ending up around 250 metres (820 feet) lower than our start point in Lukla. For the most part we’ll be amongst the trees, and we’ll get regular glimpses across the fertile valleys of the region. These valleys are refreshed and replenished annually during the monsoon season, and so are rich with plant life, especially the colourful rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower. We’ll pass by local porters, other trekkers, and pack animals along our trek to Phakding today, this trail form part of an important trade route, used to move supplies around the region, and so is a well established track.Tashy Tagey Lodge, Phakding (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 3-5 hoursElevation Loss: 250 metres (820 feet)Elevation: Phakding - 2610 metres (8560 feet)

     

    DAY 5 - HIKE FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR

    This morning, we’ll set off through a narrow valley divided by the Dudh Kosi River, passing terraced crop fields, small villages and ever-present prayer wheels (always pass on the left and spin them clockwise). As we approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, we’ll be greeted with sensational views of massive snow-capped Himalayan peaks with names you’ll soon become familiar with such as Thamserku and Kangtega. Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wide range of plants and animals. Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), musk deer and Himalayan monals (an extremely colourful member of the pheasant family) are known to frequent this area, so keep your eyes peeled and a camera handy if you’re a keen photographer. After lunch, we’ll begin our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, home to the world’s highest marketplace and incredible 360° views.Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Gain: 763 metres (2500 feet)Elevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

     

    DAY 6 - ACCLIMATISATION DAY, NAMCHE BAZAAR, HIKE TO VIEW MT EVEREST

    With its remote alpine setting and outlook across to Kongde Ri at 6187 metres (20,298 feet) and surrounding peaks, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful villages in the Himalayas – a great place for a relaxed, acclimatisation day. Namche Bazaar is a fairly small town, so you can wander its narrow, cobbled streets to explore the monasteries and tea houses without worrying too much about getting lost. The town was historically an important stopping point for trading expeditions across the Nangpa La to Tibet and is still an important supply point for mountaineers and trekkers today, so the local market is definitely worth a look. This afternoon we’ll hike above Namche Bazaar for a great panorama. It’s a steep trail, but the views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam are mind blowing and make the effort thoroughly worth it! Look out for Himalayan tahr and the Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird).Himalayan Cultural Home, Namche Bazaar (All Meals)Hiking Distance (OPTIONAL Hike to Deboche): 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2-4 hoursElevation: Namche Bazaar - 3373 metres (11,066 feet)

     

    DAY 7 - HIKE TO DEBOCHE AND VISIT A MONASTERY

    This morning, we’ll set off early with fantastic views of Everest and head back down to the Dudh Kosi River. We’ll stop at a local Sherpa tea house for a lunch, take a few moments to soak in the surroundings and then carry on along the trail. As we draw closer to Tengboche, we’ll be greeted with even closer perspectives of Ama Dablam 6856 metres (22,493 feet) and Nuptse 7861 metres (25,791 feet) until finally, upon our arrival at Tengboche, Mt Everest and Lhotse begin to loom ahead in the distance. Looking south, we’ll have a view of numerous other peaks such as Kangtega, Thamserku and the jagged ridgeline of Kongde Ri. We’ll then carry on to Deboche and stay at Rivendell Lodge.Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5-7 hoursElevation Gain: 447 metres (1466 feet)Elevation: Deboche - 3820 metres (12,532 feet)

     

    DAY 8 - HIKE FROM DEBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE

    We’ll begin our day’s hike by passing through a dense forest of dwarf conifers where musk deer and monal pheasants are often seen. Our trail then drops steeply through the forest until we cross over the surging waters of the Dudh Kosi River, before beginning our ascent to Dingboche. Today, we’ll leave the forest for the last time until we return from Everest Base Camp. From here, it’s a much more austere landscape of boulders and alpine meadows. The final stretch of the day’s trek takes us alongside the fast flowing Imja Khola River, which drains directly from the snows of Lhotse, before we spend the night in Dingboche.Good Luck Hotel, Dingboche (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 3-5 hoursElevation Gain: 483 metres (1584 feet)Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

     

    DAY 9 - ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DINGBOCHE, HIKE TO NANGKARTSHANG

    The golden rule of acclimatising slowly is ‘climb high, sleep low’, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing today. Just outside Dingboche is a small peak called Nangkartshang. It’s a steep climb up the ridge, but we’ll be taking it slow and steady. We’ll be looking straight at Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyo – three of the six highest mountains in the world – it’s an incredible vista (and there’s more to come over the next few days). It’s your holiday and nothing is compulsory, so if you’d prefer not to do this side hike, you can hang out, rest up, read and chat with fellow trekkers in Dingboche instead.Good Luck Hotel, Dingboche (All Meals)Hiking Distance (OPTIONAL Hike to Nangkartshang): 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles), 4-5 hoursElevation Gain: 700 metres (2300 feet)Elevation Loss: 700 metres (2300 feet)Elevation: Dingboche - 4303 metres (14,117 feet)

     

    DAY 10 - HIKE FROM DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE

    We’ll set off in the morning up the Khumbu valley, passing yak herders’ shacks along the way. From here, the views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, as they rise steeply above the open alpine valley, are outstanding. Arakam Tse appears steadily closer as we continue ascending to the village of Dughla. We’ll take a breather at this little streamside town before the final stretch up over the Thokla Pass to Lobuche, our home for the night and the last stop before our trek to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.Oxygen Lodge, Lobuche (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Gain: 607 metres (1991 feet)Elevation: Lobuche - 4910 metres (16,110 feet)

     

    DAY 11 - EVEREST BASE CAMP

    Today is the day! We’ll make our way up the trail in between the Khumbu glacial moraine and the mountain walls. We’ll pass massive boulders before reaching the town of Gorak Shep, where we’ll stop for a well-earned lunch. Recharged, we’ll make our way past the moraine wall of the Khumbu Glacier; slow and steady is the name of the game as we weave our way up the path which leads us to Everest Base Camp at 5364 metres (17,598 feet). Situated at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, the camp is the stuff of legends, having been the launching point for numerous expeditions by the world’s greatest mountaineers for many years. Mountaineers have the best chance of reaching the summit of Mt Everest using what’s known as ‘siege’ techniques, where they’ll spend weeks establishing a series of high camps stocked with food and oxygen cylinders ready for a push to the summit when the conditions are right. During the climbing season, Everest Base Camp becomes a village of brightly coloured tents and there’s an incredible atmosphere in the air. After taking in this awesome experience, we’ll leave Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep for the night. Congratulations!Everest Inn, Gorak Shep (All Meals)Hiking Distance To Everest Base Camp: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 6-7 hours Hiking Distance To Gorak Shep: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles), 2-3 hoursElevation Gain: 454 metres (1489 feet)Elevation Loss: 224 metres (734 feet)Elevation At Everest Base Camp: 5380 metres (17,600 feet)Elevation: Gorak Shep - 5140 metres (16,860 feet)

     

    DAY 12 - HIKE TO KALA PATTHAR, DESCEND TO PHERICHE

    We’ll don our headlamps and set off before sunrise this morning to the ridgetop of Kala Patthar. At 5550 metres (18,208 feet), this is the highest point we’ll reach during the trip and the location of one of the most dramatic views anywhere in the Himalayas – an amazing accomplishment! From the summit of this rocky knoll, you’ll have a panoramic view of Mt Everest and the surrounding peaks – the view from this place is simply off the charts! After lunch at Lobuche, we’ll descend to Pheriche and spend a cosy night at the Edelweiss Lodge - hot showers, yak steaks and cold beers await!Edelweiss Lodge, Pheriche (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 15 kilometres (9.3 miles), 9-10 hoursElevation Loss: 900 metres (2952 feet)Elevation At Kala Patthar: 5643 metres (18,531 feet)Elevation: Pheriche - 4240 metres (13,910 feet)

     

    DAY 13 - HIKE FROM PHERICHE TO DEBOCHE

    With Mt Everest behind us, and Ama Dablam ahead, we’ll descend with the Dudh Kosi. As you descend into more oxygen-rich air, you’ll feel like you could run a marathon (in fact, today’s walk is part of the world’s highest marathon). With this in mind, we’ll be able to make good progress all the way to Deboche, once again getting low enough to see rhododendron and pine forests across the valley.Rivendell Lodge, Deboche (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Loss: 420 metres (1377 feet)Elevation: Deboche - 3820 metres (12,532 feet)

     

    DAY 14 - HIKE FROM DEBOCHE TO KHUMJUNG

    This morning we’ll make our way down through beautiful forest, where we’re sure to hear the now familiar bells of yaks grazing nearby. As we head through the forest keep an eye out for musk deer that are often seen here. As we descend, the air becomes richer, the air temperature warmer and the sounds of raging rivers louder. We’ll stop for tea beside the Dudh Kosi River, before winding our way up towards the picturesque village of Khumjung and past a tree nursery established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. As proud Kiwis, we’ll be sure to tell you all about Sir Ed! After arriving in Khumjung, we may get the chance to visit a local monastery and then it’s time to rest our legs in a comfortable lodge before enjoying dinner. Khumjung is famous for its potatoes and green roofs. It’s also a bit quieter than Namche Bazaar, and a favourite overnight stop amongst our hikers.Tea House, Khumjung (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 8 kilometres (4.9 miles), 3-5 hoursElevation Loss: 40 metres (131 feet)Elevation: Khumjung - 3780 metres (12,400 feet)

     

    DAY 15 - HIKE FROM KHUMJUNG TO JORSALLE

    After a leisurely start, we’ll pass the largest school in the area, also established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. After crossing a small hill with great views back to Mt Everest, we’ll pass Syangboche Airport, one of the world’s highest, used to fly in supplies and equipment for the expedition climbers tackling the surrounding peaks. We’ll then take on the switchbacks that descend down the valley back to the Dudh Kosi River and from here, the trail follows the river to Jorsalle. This attractive village sits near the boundary of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the lesser-known stopping points on the trekking trail so we’ll often have this place virtually to ourselves.Nirvana Lodge, Jorsalle (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 3-5 hoursElevation Loss: 1030 metres (3379 feet)Elevation: Jorsalle - 2750 metres (9022 feet)

     

    DAY 16 - HIKE FROM JORSALLE TO LUKLA

    This is our final full day on the mountain trails of the Khumbu region so it’s time to put our boots on one last time. We’ll stop for tea in Phakding village before making the climb back up to Lukla. We’ll share a final meal with our local team of porters and cooks to celebrate our incredible achievements and experiences on the trek, and to thank the team that helped make it all happen.Everest Eco Lodge, Lukla (All Meals)Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.4 miles), 4-6 hoursElevation Gain: 90 metres (295 feet)Elevation: Lukla - 2840 metres (9320 feet)

     

    DAY 17 - RETURN TO KATHMANDU

    This morning we’ll take our last look at the Himalayas from Lukla, before the short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the centre of old town Kathmandu, and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dinner this evening will be yours to explore and experiment at one of the many great restaurants in town.Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch)Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

     

    DAY 18 - FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU

    Today you’re free to explore the winding streets, atmospheric temples and markets of Kathmandu. Every now and then, flights out of Lukla can be delayed due to the weather, so there’s a chance we may be flying back into Kathmandu today instead. Either way, you can take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this energetic, colourful culture. Tonight, we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

     

    DAY 19 - DEPART KATHMANDU

    Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip with us amongst the highest mountains in the world. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal!(Breakfast)

 

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